I think the most important gift the holiday season brings is the gift of time with our family. It is in these most rare of moments that we get to reaffirm and grow stronger the bonds which span generations. This Thanksgiving, I was lucky to be able to spend time with my family on the Oregon Coast.
While sitting in front of a glowing winter fire, my father brought out from his safe a Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP. He shared with us that this firearm belonged to our grandpa who served as Deputy Sheriff in Dewey, Oklahoma in the early 1930′s.
Neither my brother nor I were aware prior that grandpa was in law enforcement. My brother was most surprised as he had spent the majority of his adult life also in law enforcement as a Deputy Sheriff. As with most of us in life, there are interests, passions and career choices that we feel drawn to at a deeper level.
We may possess a basic understanding of why choices in life are made such as career stability, pay, location and some basic level of aptitude or interest. But more fascinating is discovering that there are threads that run through generations; threads that one could describe as “being in a family’s D.N.A”.
For my family, I discovered this holiday that not only do we have a heritage tied deeply to nature and the sportsman way of life, but also one tied to serving and protecting the public.
If you don’t know a lot about the history and interests of your family tree, then I encourage you to take a moment and speak at length with some of your relatives. You will most likely discover not only amazing stories, but an understanding of what drives you as an individual.
Wishing you a happy holiday season. Chris Burget